IBD Education Seminar for Patients and Professionals

The CCFA is hosting a free half day seminar on Saturday, April 11, at Children’s Hospital for patients and professionals. Events begin at 8:30 am.

Online PR News – 01-April-2015 – Birmingham, AL – For Immediate Release
April 1, 2015
IBD Education Seminar
The Alabama/NW Florida Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s
Patient and Professional Education Program

Birmingham, AL — The Alabama/NW Florida Chapter of the CCFA is hosting a free half day seminar on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Children’s Hospital of Alabama for both patients and professionals. Both events begin promptly at 8:30 am Bradley Lecture Center (located on the 4th Floor of the Children’s Harbor building, adjacent to Children’s Hospital), 1600 7th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233.
Additional details are listed below:
Patient Program
(appropriate for patients of all ages and parents of adolescent patients)
8:30am – 1pm
• Advances in Treatment and Research w/ Peter Mannon, adult gastroenterologist
• Health Maintenance w/ Dr. Traci Jester, pediatric gastroenterologist
• Maintaining Remission w/ Dr. Brian Brunson, adult gastroenterologist
• Nutrition and IBD w/ Beth K. Arnold MA, RD, LD
Birmingham Nursing Perspectives CEU Program
8:30am – 11 am
Speakers: Dr. Peter Mannon, adult gastroenterologist and Nursing Perspectives Holly Bryan, ARNP
Registration is available online at http://www.ccfa.org/chapters/alabama/ or contact Jamie Diaz at (561) 218-2929 option 1, ext. 8 or email @jdiaz@ccfa.org.

About Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
Known collectively as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis affects 1 in 200 people.  They are painful, medically incurable diseases that attack the digestive system. Crohn's disease may attack anywhere along the digestive tract, while ulcerative colitis inflames only the large intestine (colon). Symptoms may include abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever and weight loss. Many patients require numerous hospitalizations and surgery.  Most people develop the diseases between the ages of 15 and 35; however the incidence is increasing in children.

About Take Steps
Take Steps is the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s national walk program.  These walks raise funds for critical research and increase awareness of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, painful and unpredictable digestive diseases.  Thousands of people will gather this year in more than 145 communities across the country.  Our walks are family friendly festivals with activities for everyone including games, music, and great food.  Funds raised through Take Steps will help transform the lives of those impacted by these diseases, and support CCFA’s critical research, education, and patient support programs.  Walk with us today: get started at www.cctakesteps.org. 

About the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is the largest voluntary non-profit health organization dedicated to finding cures for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). CCFA’s mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults who suffer from these diseases. The Foundation works to fulfill its mission by funding research, providing educational resources for patients and their families, medical professionals, and the public, and furnishing supportive services for those afflicted with IBD. For more information, visit www.ccfa.org, call 888-694-8872, join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ccfafb and www.facebook.com/ccfatakesteps, or follow CCFA and Take Steps on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ccfa and www.twitter.com/takesteps.

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Melissa Beck